Understanding history and learning from it is critical to the future success of our country. One of the best ways for students to learn is to visit the places they read about in history. The Fredericksburg Region is incredibly fortuitous with the connections it has to early American events. From George Washington’s Boyhood home, Ferry Farm to James Monroe’s Museum to the four Civil War Battlefields there are many options. Many of the museums have programs solely focused on a student experience.
Local Tours and Resources
- Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore have wide array of school programs to include George Washington Boy before the Legend and I Dig George! Click here for full descriptions. https://kenmore.org/education/school-programs/
- Gari Melchers Home and Studio offers a variety of art programs for field trips and a Please Touch! house tour. https://www.garimelchers.org/education/field-trips/
- Washington Heritage Museums, which include the Mary Washington House, Rising Sun Tavern and the Hugh Mercer Apothecary show early life in the 18th century. All three sites have George Washington connections. School tours to these sites are arranged by Jim Gaston, [email protected], There is discounted admission for school groups in Region 16 during the months of January and February to the Washington Heritage Museums.
- Need tours tied to SOLs – no problem!
- Interested in the Rappahannock River educational programs: https://riverfriends.org/education/
- The James Monroe Museum, Fredericksburg Area Museum, George Washington Foundation, Washington Heritage Museum and the National Park Service have teamed up to create a history packet for students full of activities that can be done anywhere. Download the full packet here
- The Fredericksburg Area Museum has created several virtual tours and downloadable games available on their website.
- The James Monroe Museum has created a set of resources for both students and teachers available here.
Ghosts of War Tour
Want something a little different?
Steve Watkins wrote the book Ghosts of War, Fallen in Fredericksburg. Have the students read the book for grades 3rd to 8th. Once completed, we will help you organize a tour to the Fredericksburg Battlefield and Chatham with a park ranger. Why those two sites, read the book!
Sample tour itinerary:
|9:40 am:||Meet Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center, 706 Caroline St|
|9:45-10:45 am:||Trolley tour.
The trolley will drop students off at Chatham Manor.
|10:45-11:30 am:||Chatham tour.
School bus to meet students at Chatham for transport to the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center.
|11:45-12:30 pm:||Fredericksburg Battlefield tour.
School bus departs to Old Mill Park for lunch.
|12:45- 1:15 pm:||Lunch at Old Mill Park then leave to return to school.|
The park ranger is complimentary. Old Mill Park shelter is complimentary regardless of school system.
Costs incurred: book, trolley tour and school bus transportation.
The Ghosts of War: Fallen in Fredericksburg book is available on Scholastic.
The author’s website is: http://stevewatkinsbooks.com/
For more tour options contact:
Victoria A. Matthews